With the Super Bowl in the books, it's time to turn our attention back to the Chicago Bears. Let’s take a look at the top 10 plays that most shaped the team's season, which culminated in a disappointing 5-11 campaign and forced the organization to clean house.
Here’s play No. 10:
Date: Sept. 7, 2014.
Location: Soldier Field.
Game: Season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Why it mattered: With the score tied at 17 and 8:01 to play, Cutler ran right and tried to throw back left against his body to tight end Martellus Bennett. Cutler’s pass actually was behind Bennett, who was being trailed by Williams, a defensive tackle. Williams picked off the errant throw, and the Bills converted the turnover into a 33-yard field goal to take a 20-17 lead with 4:02 remaining. Chicago came back to force overtime, but the Bills ended up winning 23-20. The Bears rolled up 427 yards and 29 first downs but committed three turnovers, including two Cutler interceptions. At the time, the overtime loss at home was a shocker. But the performance was merely an indicator of what was to come, especially from the enigmatic Cutler. Bennett said: "I don't know what happened on that s---. The fat guy got a pick."
Quotable: "Going into games like this, you can talk about a lot of different things,” former Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “But when you have drives and you turn the ball over three times, and you wind up being minus-2 in the plus-minus department, you get all the answers you need.”